Fort Matilda

Location type

Station

Name and dates

Fort Matilda (1889-)

Station code: FTM National Rail ScotRail
Where: Inverclyde, Scotland
Opened on the Gourock Extension Railway (Caledonian Railway).
Open on the Inverclyde Lines.

Description

This is a two platform station, by James Miller, with a large original station building on the up platform. The roof overhangs the platform to form a canopy fitted with screens at either end of the building.

To the east is the Newton Street Tunnel through to Greenock West. To the west the line terminates at Gourock Pier.

The signal box, opened with the station, was to the east of the main station building. The smaller down platform building has been lost.

The box closed in 1966, taken over by the box at Gourock.

The Greenock and District Model Railway Club is based in the station building.

Local

Nothing, other than boundary stones, now remains of the gun battery after which Fort Matilda is named Canmore - Fort Matilda .

There was a second battery at Portkil Battery near Kilcreggan.

These batteries protected the River Clyde and the approach to Glasgow.

Tags

Station James Miller

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67

Facilities

Bike rack
Free parking
Ticket machine
Unstaffed
Listing: B




Dates

01/06/1889Gourock Extension (Caledonian Railway)
Opened from Greenock Central to Gourock via the Newton Street Tunnel. A new pier was built at Gourock. Stations opened; Gourock, Fort Matilda, Greenock West and Greenock re-built as Greenock Central.